2010-04-08 / News

Snow removal for next year considered by township

BY DARRYL Q. TUCKER

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Grand Blanc Township officials are going to decide whether to eliminate snow removal when some people are saying the Genesee County Road Commission is responsible.

Township Board of Trustees members heard from residents on both sides April 6 during a Committee of the Whole meeting.

Ed Erdt, who lives in the 7200 block of Porter Road, said instead of paying to plow the roads give the money to the fire department.

“Why are we paying to plow ... when we are not responsible for the roads?” Erdt asked.

The Genesee County Road Commission is responsible for the roads and snow plowing, he said.

“The citizens are already paying for snow plowing,” he added.

Resident William Thewalt, who lives in the 7000 block of Iris Court, wants the township to continue plowing roads.

“It’s your duty,” he told board members.

After the meeting, Thewalt told a reporter that his group, the Glen Arbor Condominium Association, would have to pay for snow removal.

“We pay the same taxes to the township but we don’t get the services,” he said. “I’d like to see them continue the services they started years ago. It wouldn’t look to good if they pulled out now.”

During the meeting, Trustee Paul Bush said it’s premature to decide on whether to eliminate snow removal before getting into the budget process.

Township Manager Richard Dunnill, however, suggested not making a rash decision but to “get the discussion rolling.”

“It’s a very sensitive issue,” he said.

Board members ordered the Department of Public Works officials to gather information about labor costs, how many roads are plowed and equipment.

“We don’t want to delay this to the fall,” Dunnill said.

Kirk Richardson, director of the Department of Public Works, also urged board members not to delay the decision too long because so much goes into preparing for snow removal.

His staff would have to soon start ordering materials for plowing, he said.

Board members also discussed whether to:

*Consider requesting the Genesee County Road Commission to issue a temporary traffic control order Friday-Sunday, June 25-27, during the Greek Festival to prohibit parking on both sides of Baldwin Road for 1,000 feet east and west of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

*Consider adopting the 2010 Law Day Proclamation “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges” that the Genesee County Bar Association requests in celebration of National Law Day on May 1.

*Consider awarding the South Saginaw Street - Sidewalk Design Phase 1 Design Project. Four companies submitted proposals. Rowe Professional Services submitted the low bid of $21,978. A block grant will pay the cost.

*Consider entering into an agreement for 2010 dust control with the Road Commission for two additional applications for calcium chloride on 9.63 miles of roads for $21,118 paid from the general fund.

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